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Sanctions Information


The rules regarding sanctions of programs for violations of AMTA rules, including the sanctioning process and process for appeal, may be found in Chapter 9 of the AMTA Rulebook.

Rule 9.5 allows AMTA’s Executive Committee to sanction a program for a violation of any rule occurring at a sanctioned tournament. Sanctionable conduct includes, but is not limited to:

(a) Coaching during a round;

(b) Physical or verbal abuse of any participant;

(c) Intentionally destroying or defacing property, including an opponent’s exhibits;

(d) Intentionally engaging in inaccurate time keeping;

(e) Intentionally using an ineligible person as a team member;

(f) Arriving late to a scheduled event such that the start of a competitive round or draw for pairings is delayed;

(g) Violation of the rules regarding case access and case use;

(h) Violating the terms of use or rules of any facility where a sanctioned tournament is held;

(i) Any conduct proscribed by law.

Possible sanctions include probation; loss of bid eligibility; fines and/or restitution; suspension of a coach or team member; suspension of school membership.  In the event of a fine, programs will not be eligible to register for future years until the fine has been paid in full.  As sanctions are issued, this page will be updated.

Date of Sanctions  Reason for Sanction Sanction Imposed 
 July 1, 2011 Lack of decorum in dealing with courthouse officials.  Program probation 
 July 8, 2011
 Consumption of food in a courtroom in violation
of facility rules.
 $300 fine
 July 25, 2011 Consumption of alcohol in a classroom following a round.  Program probation and student sanctions 
 Nov. 29, 2011 Unauthorized access of the AMTA case prior to registration; lying to AMTA about such access.  $500 fine; one year probation 
 Nov. 29, 2011 Unauthorized access of the AMTA case prior to registration; competing at an invitational after being notified of improper access.   $500 fine, one year probation
 Dec. 1, 2011 Unauthorized access of the AMTA case prior to registration.   $250 fine
 Jan. 13, 2012  Lying to AMTA during investigation into unauthorized case access. Student suspensions, other. 
 Feb. 24, 2012  Failure to follow designated regional assignments. Loss of postseason bids, one year probation. 
 Nov. 15, 2012  Unauthorized access of the AMTA case prior to registration.  $250 fine
 Feb. 13, 2015 Possession of illegal drug(s) and drug paraphernalia at AMTA tournament. Two year program probation, and student suspension. 
 March 23, 2016 Unauthorized access of the AMTA case prior to release.  $150 fine
 

Rules Committee

Ryan Seelau (Chair)
Toby Heytens
Neal Schuett
Jim Wagoner
Laura Braunsberg
Marissa Oxman